Jazz Venues and Organizations

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MAY 2018
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SCOTTSDALE-Paradise Valley-Fountain Hills
Eddie V’s, 15323 N. Scottsdale Road (Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale Quarter), Scottsdale, 480-730-4800, eddiev.com: Weds 6-10pm, Renee Patrick Quartet (Patrick-vocals, Judy Roberts-piano-vocals, Mike King-bass, Greg Warner-drums); Thur, 10, 6-10pm, Judy Roberts Trio; Sat, May 19, 7-11pm, Diana Lee Quartet; Suns, 6-10pm (5/13, 4-8pm), Guy Pennachio Quartet

Elks Lodge, 6398 E. Oak St., Scottsdale, 7-9 pm Wed., Havin’ Fun Big Band, dancing, food.

Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek 85331, 480-488-1906, live music Thurs-Sat.: Arizona Blues Project, 8 pm Thurs.

The Hills' Pizza & Desserts, 16726 E El Pueblo Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268, thehillspizza.com, (480) 816-6656: 5-8pm, Sundays through May 27, Judy Roberts-piano, with Greg Fishman-sax and/or Neal Seroka, guitar

Malee's Thai Bistro, 7131 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, (480) 947-6042, maleesonmain.com, 6-9 pm, Mondays through May 21; Renee Patrick-vocals & Nicole Pesce-piano, Mon, Renee Patrick-vocals & Judy Roberts-piano/vocals.

Marcellino Ristorante, 7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale 85251, 480-990-9500: 6:30-10:30 pm, Thursdays: 5/10, 17, 24, Sima and her All Star Trio (Mark DeCozio-piano; Felix Sainz-bass, Lady Sheila Earley-drums); 5/31, Delphine Cortez & Joel Robin. 7-10pm, Saturdays: 5/12 - Sima & Trio, 5/19 - Lady Kari with Beth Lederman, 5/26 - Jerry Donato & Pete Zale

Sacred Grounds Jazz Coffeehouse, Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ auditorium, 4425 N. Granite Reef Road (south of Camelback), Scottsdale, 480-946-2900, 7:30-9:30 pm Thurs., $5 donation, $3 students, coffee-desserts on sale: May 3 - SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE JAZZ FACULTY featuring Dennis Rowland with Eric Rasmussen-sax, Bruce Gates-trumpet, Tony Vacca-sax, Raul Yanez-piano, Ben Hedquist-bass, Ryan Anthony- drums, Dennis Rowland-vocals; May 10 - SANDWICH, PESCE, FINET, AND CLARK featuring Jan Sandwich-vocals, Nicole Pesce-piano, Chris Finet-bass, Adam Clark-drums; May 17 - MICHAEL POWERS GROUP with KJZZ guest vocalist Blaise Lantana .eaturing Michael Powers-guitar, Mario Mendivil-bass, John Lewis-drums, Blaise Lantana-vocals; May 24 - TODD JOHNSON QUARTET – A Tribute to Ray Brown featuring Todd Johnson-bass, Nick Manson-piano, Jeff Libman-guitar, Robby Carrillo-guitar; May 31 - THE CHRIS CLEMENTS QUARTET featuring Chris Clements-trombone, Reid Riddiough-guitar, Vincent Thiefain-bass, Matt McClintock-drums

Avanti, 2728 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix 85016, 602-956-0900, Charles Lewis-solo piano (lounge), 7-10 pm Fri.-Sat., food.

Char’s Has the Blues, 4631 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix 85013, 602-230-0205 charshastheblues.com, 9 pm nightly live blues, Bam Bam & Badness lead Mon. open jam

Chopper John’s, 2547 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix 85016, 602-955-0881; Rocket 88s lead Wed. blues jam, 7-10pm.

Copper Star Coffee, 4420 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix 602-266-2136, Scotty Spenner & Two Flavor Blues, noon-2 pm Sun. brunch

Dolce Vino Wine Bar Italian Cuisine (formerly Polo's Restaurant), 4935 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale 85301, 623-463-8104: Auggie Mendoza-solo piano, 6-9 pm Thurs.; Bridget & the Aug (Auggie Mendoza), 6-9pm, Fri. & Sat.

Hideaway West Bar and Grill, 3558 W Northern Ave Phoenix, AZ 85051, (602) 522-9999, Rocket 88s host Blues Jam, 6-9pm, Tues.

Jazz for the Soul @ Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Ave., Peoria 85381, 623-979-0080, 6-8 pm second Sun. Sept-June., donation. Sun, May 6, Bob Ravenscroft Trio; Sun, June 10, Sherry Roberson Quartet.

Los Compadres Restaurant, 2350 W Northern Ave AZ 85021, Phoenix, AZ, loscompadresaz.com. 6:30-9:30 pm, May 5 - Jerry Donato-Sax, John Darst-Guitar, David Valdivia-Piano, Jack Radavich-Bass, Terry Tully-Drums

Lost Leaf, 914 N. Fifth St. @ Roosevelt, Phoenix 85004, 602-258-0014, music nightly: 9 p.m. first Mon., JiGGle (Bryon Ruth-Scott Zimmer-saxes, Ted Sistrunk-bass, Jacob Eary-drums); 9 p.m. second Mon., Running from Bears (Eric Rasmussen-alto sax, Adam Roberts-tenor sax, Jeff Libman-guitar, Andrew Schiller-bass, Ryan Anthony-drums); 9pm fourth Monday, Sans Pagaie

Musicians’ Hall, 1202 E. Oak St., Phoenix 85006, 602-254-8838, live music every first Tues., free (donation for snacks-beverages in support of Young Sounds of Arizona.)

The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85004, thenash.org, 602-795-0464, 6-9 p.m. Sun. jazz jam session, various jazz bands throughout the week.

Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix 85014, 602-265-4842, rhythmroom.com, live blues 8 pm nightly + special events, rhythmroom.com

St. Francis Restaurant, 111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85012, 602-200-8111, stfrancisaz.com, Dennis Rowland-Diana Lee-vocals, Paul Sherman-keys, Felix Sainz-bass, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. first-Sun. brunch

Steel Horse Saloon, 1818 W. Bell Road, Phoenix, 602-942-8778, Toolshed hosts blues jam, 7-11 p.m. Thurs., food, dancing. 

Wild Willy’s, 613 E. Western Ave., Avondale 85323, 623-249-5291, Ray Ray & BluZone, 5 pm Sun. jam session.

The Womack  (1960s retro lounge), 5749 N. Seventh St., Phoenix 85014, 602-283-5232, Roscoe Taylor Band with Jimmie McElroy, Fri.-Sat.

Ziggy’s Italian Bistro & Lounge, 9832 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020, (602) 870-4122, Sat, 7:30pm, Delphine Cortez-vocals, Joel Robin-keys, Julian Goldenthal-drums

EAST VALLEY (Tempe-Chandler-Gilbert-Mesa-Apache Junction)
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Place, Chandler 85225, 480-620-3941: Arizona Classic Jazz Society monthly events: 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sun., $15 members, $20 non-members, under 18 free. May 20 - Cheryl's Mardi Gras Jazz Band and Birthday Party with special guest, Pieter Meijers

DVine Bistro: “Wine Tasting Wednesdays” (patio), 3990 S. Alma School Road #3 (NW corner Alma School @ Octoillo), Chandler 85248, 480-782-5550: Selwyn-Aebi Jazz Duo, 6-8:30 pm Wed.; Paris James, 7-10 p.m. Sat.

Gold Bar Espresso, 3141 S. McClintock Drive, #6, Tempe, 480-839-3082, Jazz Alliance, 7:30-10 p.m. Fri & Sun.

Opa Life Greek Cafe, 227 E. Baseline Road-J007, Tempe 85283 (between Mill Ave. & Rural Road), 480-292-8180, food, no cover: Fri. May 11, 7-10 pm, Judy Roberts Trio's Final Opa Life Performance for the Season (jazz):  "Multiple Grammy Nominee" Judy Roberts-vocals-keys, Greg Fishman-sax, Sheila Earley-drums; Sat. May 12, 7-10 pm,  Mel Bridges (formerly of "The Miracles" singing jazz, R&B, soul, pop), Beth Lederman-keys, Adam Clark-drums; Sun. May 13, 6-9 pm, "Celebrate Mother's Day with the We3 Trio" (jazz, swing, R&B, blues, pop): Renee Patrick-vocals, Nicole Pesce-keys, Suzanne Lansford-violin; Fri. May 18, 7:30-10:30 pm,  Sir Harrison Blues Band (blues, in the tradition of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Robert Cray, rock, and funk) featuring Sir Harrison Begay-vocals-guitar; Sat. May 19, 7-10 pm, Latin Jazz: Carmela Ramirez-vocals and Carmela y Mas (8-piece band, free Salsa dance coaching); Sun. May 20, 6-9 pm, Sahnas Brothers Band (Mediterranean-jazz-pop fusion):  Thano Sahnas-guitar, Demitri Sahnas-bass-guitar, Suzanne Lansford-violin, Lauren Sahnas-harp, Joe Garcia-drums-percussion; Fri. May 25, 7-10 pm, Walt Richardson Band (Americana Roots and World Music) featuring Walt Richardson-vocals-guitar; Sat. May 26, 7-10 pm, Kari Shaff-vocals (jazz), Beth Lederman-keys,  Jon Murray-bass; Sun. May 27, 6-9 pm,  We3 Trio (jazz, swing, R&B, blues, pop): Renee Patrick-vocals, Nicole Pesce-keys, Sheila Earley-drums 

Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe 85281, 480-350-2822:  LakeshoreMusic 2017-18 Series; Saturdays, 7:30pm, May 19, Diego Figueiredo and Ken Peplowski

El Gato Azul, 316 W. Goodwin St, Prescott, 86301, elgatoazulprescott.com, 928-445-1070: Goodwin Street Gang jazz band, 5-8 pm Sun.; other music nightly.

Sedona Jazz at the Church, Saint Luke’s Church, 2890 State Route 179 (between Chapel & Back O’ Beyond roundabouts), Sedona, 928-282-7366, 3-5 pm: June 10, Vicki McDermitt's Tribute to Billie Holiday; Sept 9, Armand Boatman Trio; Oct 7, Danny Green Trio; Nov 11, Steve Sandner's Tribute to Count Basie; Dec 16, Bob Ravenscroft Trio.

Caffe Torino in the Foothills, 5605 E. River Road #121, Tucson 85750, TF Trio (Tony Frank & Friends), 6-9 pm Fri & Sat

Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant, 198 W. Cushing St., Tucson 85701, 520-622-7984, cushingstreet.com, Pete Swan Trio, 6-9pm, Fri.

Wilbur's Grill @ Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson 85711, Arizona Roadrunners Traditional Jazz Jam (Max Goldschmid, Scott Black, Doug Tidaback, Miranda Agnew and more), 6:30-9 p.m. Wed.


Jazz in Arizona (JIA) is a non-profit community arts organization whose mission is to encourage the local performance and appreciation of Jazz music - America’s great original art form. 602-750-7045 or thenash.org

Arizona Classic Jazz Society
is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of classic (traditional) jazz, one of America´s original art forms. The Society sponsors monthly concerts and the annual Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, It has a scholarship program to support promising young musicians and reaches out into schools by presenting instructive live jazz performances. P.B.M. 204 9666 E. Riggs Road, Suite 114, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248-7410 Tel : (602) 922-7741 www.azclassicjazz.org

Phoenix Blues Society supports local and national music, Blues culture and heritage, arts education, and more. Monthly membership meetings are held at area local clubs on the second Wednesday evening of every month, followed by live music. www.phoenixblues.org

Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to creating an active and vital Blues and Heritage scene through promotion of live performances, education and raising awareness of the music and culture in southern Arizona. azblues.org

Tucson Jazz Society is devoted to promoting and preserving America´s original music--jazz. The Society seeks to assure continuity of this music through concerts, festivals, media activities and youth programs. A major emphasis is to provide work for instrumentalists and vocalists through society-sponsored activities and joint ventures with allied cultural, educational, and commercial organizations throughout southern Arizona. tucsonjazz.org

Prescott Jazz Society is dedicated specifically to assisting, advancing, supporting, promoting, and advocating the development and enjoyment of jazz music in northern Arizona. pjazz.org